Wind from the northwest at about 20 knots generated little in the way of seas near the beach, but offshore — out in the Gulf Stream — the seas grew quickly and dramatically. Even in these less than calm conditions, with 300 gallons of fuel and three people aboard, the twin 600-horsepower Cummins diesels lifted us to a 36-knot top speed. With the Zeus joystick, you can generate up to 1,800 rpm, which spins the boat unbelievably fast. Your angler will be hard-pressed to reel up the slack as fast as it spins. Another advantage of pod propulsion is that you can easily cut your billfish release times in half — a distinct advantage in tournaments. If you happen to get a fish that's barely hooked, or bill wrapped, and you need to get a release fast, you don't have to stop trolling, take the boat out of trolling mode and then start after the fish. You just shove the throttle forward and start your turn instantly. Turning radius is throttle-related; the faster you go, the broader the turn's arc. Tighten the arc by slowing down.